SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Thanks to hundreds of ride enthusiasts at the 2021 Salem Fair, Northwest Ace Hardware has donated nearly $9,000 to the Roanoke chapter of “Sleep in Heavenly Peace.”
This year, fans of the Salem Fair bought Megapass unlimited ride tickets at area Northwest Ace stores ahead of the fair.
The Megapass spending then allowed the Overstreet family — which owns and operates the hardware store chain — to donate $8,853 to the Sleep in Heavenly Peace mission of, “No kid sleeps on the floor in our town!”
“Our partnership with the Salem Fair this year worked out exceptionally well,” said Charlie Overstreet, owner of Northwest Ace Hardware stores. “We were able to not only give our customers something new, but also make a real difference in the community by supporting the important work that this organization does.”
Despite a shooting on the fair’s opening night, the 33rd Salem Fair brought in several hundred thousand visitors during its 12-day run at the Taliaferro Complex, featuring more than 40 rides, unique concessions, and wide range of family-friendly shows and musical acts each day.
“This Salem Fair has always strived to have a strong charitable component as part of its overall design,” said Wendy Delano, Salem’s Director of Civic Facilities. “This year we were honored to assist the Rescue Mission and the Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry during the fair. And to now be able to take some of the Megapass proceeds and make a donation to Sleep in Heavenly Peace is incredible.”
Delano has taken part in construction events for Sleep in Heavenly Peace as volunteers come together to make custom twin bunk beds for children who currently sleep on the floor.
In fact, when the Roanoke chapter was started by Dave Jones, Salem city officials say Northwest Ace Hardware was one of the first organizations to donate power tools.
“Sleep in Heavenly Peace is so thankful to receive this generous gift from Northwest Hardware and the Salem Fair,” said Jones, president of the Roanoke chapter. “The smile on a kid’s face, who receives one of these new beds, is priceless, and we are anxious to invest these funds in families who have a need and do our best to generate more of those smiles.”
You can learn more about Sleep in Heavenly Peace by following this link.
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